11.15am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Mendy medical TODAY, Rice ‘must request move’, Kante ‘not a holding midfielder’ – The Sun

EDOUARD MENDY is undergoing a medical today, ahead of his £22m move to Stamford Bridge.

And Frank Lampard is reportedly set to step up his pursuit of Declan Rice after concluding that N'Golo Kante is not a holding midfielder.

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  • EMTPY GROUNDS TO CONTINUE

    Sport is set to be played behind closed doors for “SEVERAL MONTHS”, with the Premier League set to lose a staggering £100million per month.

    On Tuesday morning, MP Michael Gove revealed the Government were attempting to “pause” the proposed return of fans to sporting events – initially set for October 1.

    But the BBC now claim the “pause” is set to last months, rather than weeks.

    Following Gove's revelation, Dan Roan tweeted: “Don’t think this is a short term ‘pause’ either.

    “I’m hearing sports are to be asked by govt what impact will be of no fans for SEVERAL MONTHS.

    “All signs are that action will continue behind closed doors well into next year.”

  • HOW BLUES WILL LINE-UP

    Chelsea will be looking to put their defeat to Liverpool behind them when they face Barnsley.

    The Blues host the Championship side in the third-round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

    Here is how SunSport predict they’ll line up…

  • KEPAS UNION

    Kepa Arrizabalaga is taking a leaf out of David De Gea’s book as he tries to come to terms with the Premier League.

    The Chelsea keeper, 25, dropped his latest clanger in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool — but was backed publicly by boss Frank Lampard.

    And £71.6million Kepa is determined to fight on, having seen how fellow Spanish stopper De Gea, who Manchester United signed from Atletico Madrid for £17.8m in 2011, took more than a year to settle in.

    A source told SunSport: “Remember De Gea? It took him a while to settle in and to adapt to English football.

    “Look at him now. Let’s be patient. Everyone is focusing on Kepa and he is eager to do well.

    “He wants to prove to everybody why Chelsea paid so much for him.”

  • BREAKING

    Premier League fans will NOT return to stadiums on October 1 following a huge Covid-19 surge, Michael Gove has announced.

    The Government in August revealed they hoped to bring back live crowds at a limited capacity by the start of next month.

    But the plans were placed under review this month after a rise in coronavirus cases.

    The UK’s Covid-19 alert level has now moved to 4, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially”.

    It blocks the Premier League’s hopes of having fans return to stadiums.

    New measures will be set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday.

  • ROM'S 'THIRD PARTY' STAKE

    Roman Abramovich reportedly had secret investments in non-Chelsea players including one direct opponent.

    BBC News reports the Chelsea owner held rights in players via a company based in the British Virgin Islands.

    One such player was Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo who starred against The Blues for Sporting Lisbon in 2014.

    The information comes from a leak of documents called the FinCEN files, seen by BBC Panorama, which reveal Russian Abramovich is behind off-shore company Leiston Holdings.

    The company was actively investing in players through the now banned practice of third-party ownership.

    The practice sees investors buy stakes in a player’s future transfer value and was banned in the Premier League in 2008 but was only outlawed internationally five years ago.

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Kepa Arrizabalaga is taking a leaf out of David De Gea’s book as he tries to come to terms with the Premier League.

    The Chelsea keeper, 25, dropped his latest clanger in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool — but was backed publicly by boss Frank Lampard.

    And £71.6million Kepa is determined to fight on, having seen how fellow Spanish stopper De Gea, who Manchester United signed from Atletico Madrid for £17.8m in 2011, took more than a year to settle in.

    A source told SunSport: “Remember De Gea? It took him a while to settle in and to adapt to English football.

    “Look at him now. Let’s be patient. Everyone is focusing on Kepa and he is eager to do well.

    “He wants to prove to everybody why Chelsea paid so much for him.

    “The summer was difficult because of rumours, but he has Lampard’s backing and this has meant a lot.”

    Yet Edouard Mendy is said to be nearly announced as Kepa's replacement.

    The goalkeeper is undergoing a medical at Chelsea ahead of a move taking Lampard’s summer spending to a whopping £222million.

    Mendy has agreed personal terms after his club Rennes accepted a £22m offer from the Blues.

    And the Senegalese is now having medical tests as Chelsea prepare to announce his transfer in the next 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, Thiago Silva has admitted he is still driven by his hunger to win despite turning 36 this week.

    He told the Blues' website: “What motivates me, day by day, is the hunger to win. To win everything within my reach.

    “Coming to the Premier League, my main goal is to win the league title and I’m certain that we’ll be fighting for that every step of the way.

    “The team is really strong, we’ve got a great coach and I’ve come here to contribute in whatever way I can to ensure that we get as close as possible to achieving those aims.

    “That’s what motivates me: stepping out onto the pitch, and then winning, winning, and winning some more. I don’t think about anything else.”

  • KEPAS UNION

    Kepa Arrizabalaga is taking a leaf out of David De Gea’s book as he tries to come to terms with the Premier League.

    The Chelsea keeper, 25, dropped his latest clanger in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool — but was backed publicly by boss Frank Lampard.

    And £71.6million Kepa is determined to fight on, having seen how fellow Spanish stopper De Gea, who Manchester United signed from Atletico Madrid for £17.8m in 2011, took more than a year to settle in.

    A source told SunSport: “Remember De Gea? It took him a while to settle in and to adapt to English football.

    “Look at him now. Let’s be patient. Everyone is focusing on Kepa and he is eager to do well.

    “He wants to prove to everybody why Chelsea paid so much for him.

    “The summer was difficult because of rumours, but he has Lampard’s backing and this has meant a lot.”

  • MOR WHERE THAT CAME FROM

    Juventus have reportedly turned to former Chelsea star Alvaro Morata after failing with a bid for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.

    Passport issues mean the Uruguayan will not be able to complete his £13.5million move to Juventus before the October 5 transfer deadline.

    That has forced the Serie A champions to look elsewhere with Edin Dzeko and Moise Kean among those on their wishlist.

    But another former Juve star, Morata, is now on their radar.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the club have offered £9million to take the Atletico Madrid forward on loan.

    A further £41m fee is on the table to make that deal permanent at a later date.

  • KEPA CALM AND CARRY ON

    Chelsea are set to give up on their most expensive signing…

  • ROMAN EMPEROR

    Roman Abramovic reportedly had secret investments in non-Chelsea players including one direct opponent.

    BBC News reports the Chelsea owner held rights in players via a company based in the British Virgin Islands.

    One such player was Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo who starred against The Blues for Sporting Lisbon in 2014.

    The information comes from a leak of documents called the FinCEN files, seen by BBC Panorama, which reveal Russian Abramovich is behind off-shore company Leiston Holdings.

    The company was actively investing in players through the now banned practice of third-party ownership.

    A spokeswoman for Abramovich highlighted how no rules or regulations were broken.

    They said: “The fact that transactions may have been confidential, does not mean that they were unlawful or otherwise in breach of then applicable rules or regulations.

    “The fact that we are not aware of this issue, confirms that there has been no wrongdoing as no action was taken.”

  • BAK TO LIGUE 1

    EXCLUSIVE by Duncan Wright – PSG have made contact with Chelsea about taking £40million flop Tiemoue Bakayoko off their hands.

    AC Milan have been trying to push through a deal for the 26-year-old but have failed to come up with a package to satisfy the Blues.

    And now PSG have declared an interest and have proposed taking Bakayoko on loan this season with the option of making it a permanent move next summer.

    Chelsea value the midfielder at £32m – and are seeking a £4.6m loan fee with the remaining £27.4m to be paid as the full transfer fee.

  • TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard has revealed that Thiago Silva could make his Chelsea debut in the League Cup against Barnsley.

    Asked if new signings Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech could feature, Lamps said: “Too soon probably in terms of fitness wise.

    “We’ll see with Thiago because Thiago’s not coming back off an injury, he’s just getting fit.

    “The others it seems too soon, but they are not far away.”

  • ON THE MEND

    Edouard Mendy is undergoing a medical at Chelsea ahead of a move taking Frank Lampard’s summer spending to a whopping £222million.

    The goalkeeper has agreed personal terms after his club Rennes accepted a £22m offer from the Blues.

    And Mendy is now having medical tests as Chelsea prepare to announce his transfer in the next 24 hours.

    The Senegal international, 28, emerged as Lampard’s top target after Chelsea were told to cough up £32m for Lille stopper Mike Maignan.

    Mendy, who stands at 6ft 6in, helped Rennes finish third in Ligue 1 last season to secure Champions League football for the first time in their history.

  • AMPED UP

    Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu has made his Premier League debut for Sheffield United.

  • BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Thiago Silva has sent a message to Chelsea fans that he's here to win.

    He told the Blues' website: “I’m arriving 100 per cent motivated for this new project.

    “I’m not just here for the experience, I’m here to win. I hope that they believe, just as we do, that this is going to be a very special year and one full of success for the club.”

  • SILVA BULLET

    Thiago Silva has recalled the famous Champions League clashes he was involved in against Chelsea as a Paris Saint-Germain player.

    He told the Blues' website: “They were huge games, with great players on both sides: [Didier] Drogba, with his physical strength; Diego [Costa], who’s always a complete nightmare to play against!

    “They were tough matches, both over here and in Paris.

    “I think that PSG had the better of those matches but it could easily have gone the other way because games at the highest level between two great teams always come down to the smallest details.”

  • NOT OVER THE HILL

    Thiago Silva has admitted he is still driven by his hunger to win despite turning 36 this week.

    He told the Blues' website: “What motivates me, day by day, is the hunger to win. To win everything within my reach.

    “Coming to the Premier League, my main goal is to win the league title and I’m certain that we’ll be fighting for that every step of the way.

    “The team is really strong, we’ve got a great coach and I’ve come here to contribute in whatever way I can to ensure that we get as close as possible to achieving those aims.

    “That’s what motivates me: stepping out onto the pitch, and then winning, winning, and winning some more. I don’t think about anything else.”

  • THIA-GO

    Thiago Silva has shared his excitement at playing in the Premier League for the first time.

    He told the Blues' website: “I really can’t wait. I have to try and hold it back but it’s almost uncontrollable because this is a unique opportunity for me.

    “Normally, at 35 or 36 years of age, it’s the time when players leave the Premier League but I’m doing things the other way around – I’m only just starting.

    “The way I see it, it’s the toughest league in the world, with six or seven big teams genuinely fighting for the title so the motivation is massive.

    “I’m hugely impatient to get going but things will happen in their own time and there’s no doubt I’ll be totally prepared when the time comes.”

  • SILVA LINING

    Thiago Silva has revealed why he chose to join Chelsea after running his contract down at PSG.

    He told the Blues' website: “First and foremost, I came because Chelsea is an amazing team and one of the biggest clubs in the world.

    “It helps when you’re welcomed so warmly, particularly by a coach who played until relatively recently, because in football there are very strong preconceptions regarding the age of players.

    “But I know about his experience when he first arrived at Manchester City, theoretically at the end of his career. He endured the same sort of thing as I’ve gone through.

    “So even from the outside, without knowing me personally, he knows how hard I work to remain at the highest level. The confidence that he showed in me – that was all it took.

    “For me, that confidence was the single most important factor. To hear that he believed in me, that he thought that I could come here and make a positive contribution. With our young group, as well as some more experienced players like our captain [Cesar] Azpilicueta, we’ve got all it takes for a great season.

    “You can be sure that I’ll do everything I can to repay that confidence out on the pitch. We’ve signed some top players and we’ve got a squad capable of putting together a great season so that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

  • MOR WHERE THAT CAME FROM

    Juventus have reportedly turned to former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata after failing with a bid for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.

    Passport issues mean the Uruguayan will not be able to complete his £13.5million move to Juventus before the October 5 transfer deadline.

    That has forced the Serie A champions to look elsewhere with Edin Dzeko and Moise Kean among those on their wishlist.

    But another former Juve star, Morata, is now on their radar.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the club have offered £9million to take the Atletico Madrid forward on loan.

    A further £41m fee is on the table to make that deal permanent at a later date.

    Such a move would reportedly enable Atletico to swoop for Suarez.

  • TORR BLIMEY

    Fernando Torres has picked his best-ever combined XI of Chelsea and Liverpool players – and snubbed Eden Hazard for Yossi Benayoun.

    The Spanish legend, 36, retired last season following a spell at Japanese side Sagan Tosu.

    Torres enjoyed arguably his finest years at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011 before his £50million move to Chelsea – where he would spend a further four years.

    The former Atletico Madrid played with a host of huge-name stars during his illustrious career, in which he won the Champions League in 2011-12.

    But when asked to pick a combined XI from his days in the Premier League, Torres bizarrely left out Hazard.

    Here's how his team looks…

  • TOP OF THE FLOPS

    Kepa had another afternoon to forget as Chelsea were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Liverpool on Sunday.

    The Spaniard, 24, looked all at sea throughout the game – and his howler allowed Sadio Mane to double the Reds' lead early in the second-half.

    The Spanish goalkeeper is set to be replaced by Rennes' Edouard Mendy in a £22million deal this summer.

    Should that deal go through, Kepa's time at Chelsea is surely finished.

    With the Spaniard's future up in the air, we take a look at Chelsea's all-time flop XI, with Kepa between the sticks…

  • BAK TO LIGUE 1

    EXCLUSIVE – PSG have made contact with Chelsea about taking £40million flop Tiemoue Bakayoko off their hands.

    The Blues are desperate to offload the French midfielder who has failed to make any impression since moving to Stamford Bridge three years ago.

    AC Milan have been trying to push through a deal for the 26-year-old but have failed to come up with a package to satisfy Chelsea.

    And now PSG have declared an interest and have proposed taking Bakayoko on loan this season with the option of making it a permanent move next summer.

    Chelsea value the midfielder at £32m – and are seeking a £4.6m loan fee with the remaining £27.4m to be paid as the full transfer fee.

    Milan have said they have no problem with the loan figure, but say they are only prepared to pay a further £18.3m in a year to seal a permanent deal.

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  • FEELING BLUE

    Jamie Redknapp believes Kai Havertz must be given time to settle in the Premier League after two poor outings for Chelsea following his move from Bayer Leverkusen.

    Speaking on Sunday of the Blues' club-record signing, he said: “I think it’s time, he’s a young man who’s just come to the country.

    “I think he trained with the club for five days, he gets thrown in against Brighton, you could see he was miles off it.

    “He played half a game today, didn’t really have a lot of the ball, and I don’t think it suited him playing as a striker.

    “You’ve got to give the lad time, it’s hard. It’s hard enough being an English player moving to another club, let alone when you come from a foreign country. We have to be careful. We’re judging a player.”

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